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Oh dear, another confectionery review from me... ah well, it's only a couple of months until Christmas, so that's my (feeble) excuse! Maynards have been around for a very long time indeed - since the late 19th century, in fact - although these days they are part of the massive Cadbury Trebor Bassett empire, itself at the time of writing under threat of takeover. Maynards are surely best known for their tremendously popular Wine Gums, but a few years ago they decided to launch a few other products, and these Wine Pastilles (a 2001 introduction) are an example of this slight expansion.
You can buy Wine Pastilles either in a bag weighing 180g, as illustrated here on Dooyoo, or in a smaller 52g roll - a similar choice to that offered with Wine Gums, as it happens. Either way, you get the same sweets. I bought a 52g roll from Tesco for 40p, which seems fair value; local corner shops are likely to charge a little more, though you may have trouble finding Wine Pastilles in smaller shops. The tube itself is a startling fluorescent green colour, which really makes it stand out on the shelf, with the traditional large, multicoloured Maynards logo. I like it, and think it looks friendly and welcoming.
I can't imagine that many people check the nutritional information panels on sweets, but for the sake of completeness, a roll provides 170 kcal, which works out at 325 kcal per 100g; that's quite a lot less than the average chocolate bar, incidentally! The ingredients list throws up some surprises: don't eat Wine Pastilles if you don't like the thought of extracts of black carrot (whatever that might be), turmeric, spinach and even stinging nettle. But no, the sweets won't sting your mouth! Sadly, vegetarians will be unable to eat this product, as it contains bovine gelatine.
Unwrapping the tube can be slightly fiddly, because the wrapper is *so* shiny and plasticky that if your hands aren't completely dry it can be somewhat slippery. However, unlike a lot of packaging these days, the roll simply unwraps, and once the glued bits are pulled apart no actual tearing is necessary. Inside is a row of 12 multicoloured sweets, in five fruity flavours - strawberry (coloured red), blackcurrant (black), lime (green), lemon (yellow) and orange (er... orange). Oddly, I had four blackcurrant ones in a row near one end, but I imagine that the order is random and so this was just a coincidence.
The smell is fruity and pleasant, but not overpowering, so it's on to the tasting itself. If you're used to Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles, then the initial sensation on popping a Wine Pastille into your mouth will be eerily familiar: the sugar crystals coating the outside, the fairly resistant consistency of each sweets, and - above all - the absolute inability simply to suck one. You just can't help but chew! However, after it's been in your mouth for a while, the sweet softens appreciably and the fruitiness comes through strongly. This is (as you might expect) extremely reminiscent of the taste of a Maynard's Wine Gum. If you like those, as I do, you'll find Wine Pastilles very tasty indeed.
Maynard's Wine Pastilles really ought to be better known than they are: I still encounter people who've never heard of them, let alone actually tasted some. The cross between a fruit pastille and a wine gum (no capital letters here as I'm speaking generically now!) is actually extremely successful, and the well-established and popular Maynard's taste is precisely what you would expect. It would be nice if they could use a vegetarian substitute for the gelatine, but if this is not a concern for you then Wine Pastilles come highly recommended.
I love sweets especially those which I can chew. I've been buying wine gums and fruit pastilles for years. So when Wine Pastilles were bought out I decided to try them as they seemed like the perfect sweet, a mixture. They are of course produced by Maynards who have made both the wine gums and the fruit pastilles. I trust the Maynards brand as they have been around for almost 130 years so they have had a lot of time to get the perfect recipes. Wine Pastilles have been around since 200 so they are now fairly popular.
They come in a green packet with the Maynards logo on it and pictures of the Wine Pastilles plus all of the nutritional information. They come in various forms for various different prices. A 52g roll costs 34p, a 180g bag costs 99p and a 225g bag costs £1.30.
They have a very fruity smell which is really appetising. There are 5 colours/flavours in each packet:
Red - Strawberry
Orange - Orange
Yellow - Lemon
Green - Lime
Black - Blackcurrant
What are Wine Pastilles? Well basically they are a wine gum coated in sugar, or at least they seem to be that way to me. When you first put them in your mouth, they taste a lot like fruit pastilles because of all the sugar but then when that's dissolved you get the taste of the gummy bit which is wonderfully fruity.
Each hundred grams contains 310 calories, 3.9g of protein, 72.1g of carbohydrate. This is quite a worrying amount of sugar but at least there's no fat in them.
Overall I give these a 7 out of 10 because they contain a lot of sugar.
Maynards were originally a family business which was started by Charles Riley Maynard in 1880 who made the sweets with his brother Tom. His wife Sarah Ann took good care of the customers. They launched Maynards as a company in 1896.
Wine Pastilles were added to the range in 2001 and are a combination of Maynards two best sellers which are Wine Gums and Fruit Pastilles.
Although the main packaging holds the Maynards name, they are in fact a part of the Trebor company.
You can find these on the shelves by their distinctive green packaging, now I actually bought a multi pack of 4 tubes but they can be sold separately or as a larger pack. I paid £1.10 for the 4 pack. They sell individually for approximately 35p a tube or in bags starting at approximately 99p.
The outer packaging has a green background with a burst of bright colours such as yellow, orange and red in a sort of whirlpool effect with the Maynards logo written in white letters with a black border straight across the middle of this ourburst of colour this is right in the centre of the packet. The words Wine Pastilles are written in white letters with a black border.
Each individual tube of sweets are 52g and are twist wrapped to encase 12 round sweeties.
The tubes are twist wrapped for easy opening so upon opening the pack I was immediately hit with the fruity aroma then I stopped to take a good look at the individual sweets which came in four colours
Red - Strawberry
Black - Blackcurrant (always a favourite of mine)
Green - Lime
Each sweet measures approximately 2cm diameter and are basically gum sweets coated in sugar.
When you put one into your mouth the first thing you taste is the sugar but as you continue to eat this sweet the fruit flavour comes out and to be honest there is no way out you have to chew, I have tried to suck one of these sweets to the end but I find it impossible.
I personally find them a lot softer than both Wine Gums and Fruit Pastilles which I have to say I actually prefer these.
Ok now for the bad news each 100g contains
Although they are high in sugar believe it or not they don't contain any fat.
I won't bore you with all the ingredients but I will warn you there is a lot of artificial flavourings and colourings included in fact being perfectly honest there is no real fruit (or wine lol) in these at all.
Contact details for the company are as follows
If you are within the UK
Trebor Bassett Ltd
Freepost Mid 20061
0121 458 2000